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The Exegetical Traditions Behind Dial. 48-107.

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Is 7:14 and Is 8:4 are referred to Hezekiah by the Jews, says Justin. Two rabbinic passages confirm this. Four men, says R. Abba b. Kahana (ca 310), obtained knowledge of God unaided: Abraham, Job, Hezekiah, the Messiah. Hezekiah king of Judah also learned to know the Holy One, blessed be he, by his own unaided effort. The Jewish material on Ps 72:5/17 is richer. I Enoch 48:3 may contain an allusion to Ps 72:17. There are several rabbinic passages which contain sayings which deduce the length of the Messianic age from Ps 72:5. Justin's millennarian material has a theological profile somewhat different from Revelation, and also somewhat different from Irenaeus' tradition. It is usual to think of Asia Minor as the mother soil of early Christian chiliasm.

Keywords: Christian; Hezekiah; Irenaeus tradition; Jews; Justin; Messiah; Messianic age



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